Eagles, Tribute, Pacific Symphony Summer Festival 2012
A cherished Orange County tradition for the last 25 years, Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2012, presented by Hoag Hospital, begins with a July 4th extravaganza as the orchestra rocks out to the music of the highest-selling American band of the 1970s-the Eagles. Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, the Eagles defined the phrase "life in the fast lane" with country-flavored rock-and-roll that described the pursuit of the American dream. Achieving five No. 1 singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards and six No. 1 albums, including the first to ever hit platinum (1 million sold), the Eagles have left a stream of mega hits and influence on American music. Taking place Wednesday, July 4, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, this holiday celebration stars the rock tribute band Windborne, performing Eagles' favorites such as "Take it Easy," "Desperado," "Witchy Woman," "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Hotel California."
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the orchestra opens the first half with an 80th birthday tribute to legendary Hollywood composer and long-time Symphony friend, John Williams. The orchestra performs Williams' "Liberty Fanfare," "Jurassic Park," the Theme from "Jaws" and the March from "1941." The audience is -more- Pacific Symphony/July 4/the Eagles Page 2 of 3 invited to vote by text for an encore taking place at the end of the first half: the Flying Theme from "E.T., The Extra Terrestrial" or the Main Title from "Star Wars." This season opener also includes a traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and an eye-popping fireworks finale to patriotic favorites. Active military and retired veterans are invited to attend concerts free all summer season long-the Symphony's way of saying thanks.
"There's nothing like a night under the stars at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, listening to one of America's greatest symphony orchestras," says Maestro Kaufman. "Great music, a tribute to our military heroes and incredible fireworks- all under the stars! It's the perfect way for Americans of all ages to come together to celebrate the birthday of our beloved country."
Individual tickets range from $25 for lawn seating to $99 for orchestra seating; children under 14 are half price in most sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. Five-concert Summer Festival packages range from $95 (lawn) to $465 (orchestra). Guests are welcome to picnic on the grounds of the amphitheater starting at 6 p.m. For more information on the series or purchasing tickets, call the Symphony ticket office at (714) 755-5799, or visit the website at www.PacificSymphony.org.